This page is archived.

Data published after 5 April 2022 can be found on the renewed website.

Go to the new statistics page

Published: 10 December 2009

Educational institutions' adult education not leading to a qualification had 2.3 million participants in 2008

According to data collected by Statistics Finland from educational institutions, a total of 5.7 million hours of teaching were given in adult education not leading to a qualification, which is 4 per cent less than in the year before. The number of participants (gross number of students) was the same as in the previous year, totalled 2.3 million.

Educational institutions' adult education not leading to a qualification by type of education in 2008

Type of education                                                          Participants
Women % Teaching hours
Further vocational education, not apprenticeship training 178,898 34 664,448
Furthr vocational education, apprenticeship training 2,118 68 28,990
Employment training for adults 47,823 49 1,026,841
Courses ordered by the employer 228,505 47 417,408
Education organised as liberal adult education 1,663,419 72 2,888,919
Open polytechnic teaching 17,567 71 266,302
Open university teaching 1) 51,089 79 83,946
Other education 78,303 52 296,369
Total 2,267,722 66 5,673,223
1) Excl. data on open university teaching implemented by the universities themselves.

The highest number of participants attended education organised as liberal adult education, where the gross number of students was 1.7 million and their net number was one million. The number of teaching hours was also highest in liberal adult education, at 2.9 million hours. The highest share (28 per cent) of all the teaching hours given in adult education not leading to a qualification was given in the field of culture, especially in crafts and design.

Source: Education Statistics. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Ms Riitta Auvinen +358 9 1734 3569,

Director in charge: Mr Jari Tarkoma


Tables in databases

Pick the data you need into tables, view the data as graphs, or download the data for your use.

Last updated 10.12.2009

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Adult education of educational institutions [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-4551. 2008. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 8.12.2023].
Access method: